Themes for Volume XII
This entry was posted on August 29, 2017.
Ten years of Ancient Warfare are in the bag and hopefully you agree we've celebrated that feat suitably with issue XI.3. Fun though it is to reminisce, the production cycle of doom never stops. So I've been poring over your suggestions and trying to come up with an attractive list of themes for Volume XII.
Since I can't blame the results on the votes of the readership, I thought I'd get moderately scientific, make a list of past themes and see what's been lacking. See the list below. Luckily, for future variety in Ancient Warfare, there are lots and lots of options still open. Besides, there are so many themes I'd like to re-visit...
Themes so far
The past 10-odd years, we've had regular and special issues with the following themes:
Themes for 2018
Now obviously what I think is missing from this list, depends very much on my own preferences and biases. But a quick plot of those themes that have a clearly defined era, shows we've done much more in 'BC' than in 'AD' times. That makes a lot of sense: Hellenistic warfare is popular and so is the Roman Republic, to name just two reasons. And doh, obviously, there's a lot more history in the remit of Ancient Warfare before the Roman Imperial era.
On the other hand we know a lot more about that empire all by itself than just about anything else. There simply should be more to say about the army of the Caesars. Naval warfare, incidental articles aside, has really drawn the short straw with only two dedicated issues. And yet, there's much to do still in the Hellenistic era, in Greece and Roman Republican history. I don't think we'll venture into full themes outside the Mediterranean, but I'd welcome more proposals about the wider world. Please just make sure they fit the timeframe.
So what are the themes for Volume XII? Look up, they're already in the list. :-) Hope you like 'em!